Obama Sharply Criticizes Republicans As He Announces 8 Million Have Enrolled

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April 17, 2014 AT 2:28 PM
Enrollment in private health insurance on federal and state marketplaces has surged in recent weeks and now totals 8 million, a feisty President Barack Obama said Thursday. “This thing is working,” Obama said at a White House news conference in which he lambasted Republican critics of the health law, especially those in states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility, as the law allows. “I'm sorry. I'm going to say one last thing about this -- just because this -- this does frustrate me, states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite,” Obama said. “You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now, at no cost to these states -- zero cost to these states – [yet] other than ideological reasons, they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”